TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Scripture: Matthew 11:11
Matthew 11:11, in one verse, summarizes the transition that adoption presents us as we are accepted as a member of God’s Own Family. It says, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” This is perhaps one of the most amazing statements in the New Testament because it highlights the issue that, in Christ, we become members of God’s Own Family. And what makes us greater than John the Baptist or Mary is, that we enjoy the favor of children under the New Covenant, while they served under the Old Covenant and they were called servants. They were servants of God, who accepted their assignments. They were servants who never in their earthly years became Family. The reason why he who is least in the Kingdom is greater, is because even the least are still Family. They are Family members with an inheritance like all the rest. We need to realize that the New Testament is very clear about the fact that under the New Covenant, we stand in a much better place. We are positioned no longer as servants but we are sons and daughters of God Himself. That is a different place to walk in and requires acceptance.